A Better Burn
You start off at a brisk
Trainers and researchers agree: Short, intense bursts of effort get you fitter faster. Bodyscapes Fitness manager Mike Walsh—himself a newlywed— recommends an interval routine. Intersperse three minutes at a moderate-to-hard run (between 6.2 and 7.0 mph) with 30 seconds of body-weight exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, and sit-ups.
In order to keep your heart rate up,
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You’re coasting away,
“You need to actually feel some
You should be able to hold a brief conversation during your workout, but you shouldn’t be able to sing. A heart rate monitor will chart your intensity level and caloric expenditure far more accurately than the elliptical display.
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You abandoned the elliptical for the challenge of the stair machine. It’s kicking your ass—so you wind up
Daly emphasizes the rails are
To counteract any hunching,
It’s 9 a.m. on a Saturday,
Biking can provide an excellent
Don’t be scared by the spandex-clad fanatics. Because you control your own resistance on the bike, spinning can accommodate a wide range of fitness levels. Show up 15 minutes before your first class so the instructor can show you how to adjust the bike settings.